The score is flattering, the content a little less: Japanese and Senegalese are pulling down in a group that did not require so much suspense, after a draw too disjointed to get much out of it. The third game will be gold.

There are undead people whose mere silhouette scares the eye out, and Keisuke Honda is one of them. Yet he has everything to please, this profile : a few wrinkles at the corner of his mouth to punish him for having smiled too much, laughing eyes, a nice left paw. And then this statistic displayed at the final whistle : the Japanese are now involved in seven of his country’s last nine goals in the World Cup, after his victorious entry to win the draw against Senegal (2-2). Before that, no, there was not much, or rather a lot of penciling for a rough result : it must be said, this result does not suit anyone except Colombia and Poland.

This is Inui

Fortunately, there’s Kawashima. Otherwise, we were almost lost at the kick-off : an unusual opposition from two continents that only clash in the World Cup, not from Keisuke Honda on the pitch at the kick-off. In the middle of all these changes of habits, therefore, a lighthouse in the storm. He plays in Metz, he’s a goalkeeper, he made a dumpling in the first match against Colombia, and graciously dared to repeat the operation in front of Sadio Manรฉ while we were still wondering what tortuous curiosity of mind had told us to cancel this aperitif among friends. 17h11, then, opening Senegalese score on a center of Sabaly, pushed out of both fists by Kawashima on the tibia of Manรฉ (1-0, 11th). Not glorious.

After that, one blows a blow, the marks are back : Japan rotates, bending above all the shoulders of Manรฉ, Sarr and Niang, particularly dominant on the sides. The game is played here, actually. Senegal opens its wings and flies off in big squalls (Sarr, not far from the break, 22′), while Japan struggles to jump from its nest at the risk of breaking its beak fifty meters lower. The opposition lacks a bit of rhythm, but regains interest at the same time that Inui rolls a ball poorly controlled by Nagatomo into the nets of Khadim N’diaye (1-1, 34′). A few minutes after Niang lost a duel to Kawashima, the Japanese set a dedication to Guy Roux on a defensive free-kick, running counter-clockwise to play offside. Succeeded, of course, since it is a question of discipline.

There are undead people whose mere silhouette scares the eye out, and Keisuke Honda is one of them. Yet he has everything to please, this profile : a few wrinkles at the corner of his mouth to punish him for having smiled too much, laughing eyes, a nice left paw. And then this statistic displayed at the final whistle : the Japanese are now involved in seven of his country’s last nine goals in the World Cup, after his victorious entry to win the draw against Senegal (2-2). Before that, no, there was not much, or rather a lot of penciling for a rough result : it must be said, this result does not suit anyone except Colombia and Poland.